PSG’s Ancelotti bemoans ref but remains hopeful
France

PSG’s Ancelotti bemoans ref but remains hopeful

Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti said he remains hopeful his side can progress to the Champions League semi-finals after snatching a last gasp 2-2 draw with Barcelona in Paris on Tuesday.

‘People feel their money could be plundered’
Spain

‘People feel their money could be plundered’

The European bailout of Cyprus last month has left some foreigners in Spain nervous about the safety of their own savings. The Local asks if moving capital offshore is really the answer.

Swiss carnivores are eating less meat: report
Switzerland

Swiss carnivores are eating less meat: report

Swiss consumption of meat dropped on a per capita basis by 3.4 percent in 2012 from the previous year, the first decline in three years.

French Socialist charged in UBS account scandal
Switzerland

French Socialist charged in UBS account scandal

France's former budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac confessed on Tuesday to having hidden €600,000 ($770,000) in foreign bank accounts for the last 20 years, reversing repeated denials weeks after a probe was launched into his alleged Swiss account.

Geneva uni boffins spy black hole activity
Switzerland

Geneva uni boffins spy black hole activity

Astrophysicists have witnessed the rare event of a black hole emerging from a dormant state to swallow part of a planet-sized object in a galaxy 47 million light years away, the University of Geneva said on Tuesday.

Former budget minister charged after confession
France

Former budget minister charged after confession

France's former Budget Minister Jérôme Cahuzac confessed on Tuesday to having hidden €600,000 in a foreign bank account for the last 20 years. He was subsequently charged with the offence of "laundering the proceeds of tax fraud".

PSG-Barca tickets on sale for €1,400
France

PSG-Barca tickets on sale for €1,400

A number of Internet sites have been offering tickets for Tuesday's eagerly awaited Champions League quarter-final clash between Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona for more than €1,000.

Hay fever set to follow winter colds
Germany

Hay fever set to follow winter colds

People in Germany who suffer from hay fever should keep their handkerchiefs at the ready - winter colds are likely to be replaced almost seamlessly by pollen, with experts speaking of a coming explosion.

Spanish crooner gets hero treatment in China
Spain

Spanish crooner gets hero treatment in China

Legendary Spanish singer Julio Iglesias received two awards in a ceremony in Beijing on Monday that at times came close to hero worship.

‘Cannabis clubs are the solution, not the problem’
France

‘Cannabis clubs are the solution, not the problem’

'Cannabis clubs' all over France have taken the high-risk move of registering with authorities as non-profit organizations. A leading activist tells The Local why the clubs should be seen as part of solution to the drug problem.

Mould ‘haemorrhoids’ threaten church organs
Germany

Mould ‘haemorrhoids’ threaten church organs

Already suffering from dwindling congregations, many German churches are also in danger of losing their musical accompaniment. Mould is threatening to ruin the pipes of organs in houses of worship around the country.

Cost of living increases by just 1.4 percent
Germany

Cost of living increases by just 1.4 percent

Inflation in Germany, Europe's biggest economy, slowed to its lowest level in more than two years in March, official data showed on Tuesday.

Sweden’s industrial workers set for pay hike
Sweden

Sweden’s industrial workers set for pay hike

Workers in Sweden's industrial sector earned a 6.8-percent raise in wages on Tuesday, agreeing to a new collective wage deal following a lengthy set of negotiations.

France takes on Google over privacy laws
France

France takes on Google over privacy laws

BREAKING: Authorities in France, along with five other European countries, have taken steps to force US internet giant Google to comply with EU privacy rules, France's CNIL data protection agency said on Tuesday.

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Spain

Spain eyes EU leeway on deficit targets

Crisis-hit Spain wants the European Union to ease the country's 2013 deficit target to around 6.0 percent of economic output from the original target of 4.5 percent, a government source said on Tuesday

Battle to be first female Paris mayor turns ugly
France

Battle to be first female Paris mayor turns ugly

There is still a year to go until Parisians head to the polls to elect their city’s next mayor, but the knives are already out between the two women leading the race, amid accusations, counter-claims and the threat of a lawsuit.

Police look into Madrid death of Libya diplomat
Spain

Police look into Madrid death of Libya diplomat

Police are investigating the death of a Libyan diplomat in Madrid whose body showed clear signs of violence.

EU: German fracking fears unwise
Germany

EU: German fracking fears unwise

The EU's energy commissioner warned Germany not to rule out fracking, a controversial method of drilling for natural gas - saying it could hurt the country's competitiveness, in an interview published on Tuesday.

Electricity exports up despite warnings
Germany

Electricity exports up despite warnings

German electricity exports rose again last year, quashing concerns that the country's nuclear phase-out would lead to shortages. New figures show a four-fold increase in export surplus since 2011.

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Norway

Statoil sells Mozambique stake to Japan’s Inpex

Norwegian oil group Statoil said on Tuesday it had sold a 25 percent stake in an exploration licence off the coast of Mozambique to Japanese group Inpex.

‘Mess’ awaits Swedish courts as judges retire
Sweden

‘Mess’ awaits Swedish courts as judges retire

Sweden is struggling to fill vacancies left by a wave of retiring baby boom-era judges, especially in the country's smaller towns, prompting fears that younger judges will make a "mess" in the country's courts of appeal.

France orders first trial of Rwandan over genocide
France

France orders first trial of Rwandan over genocide

A French court has for the first time ordered a Rwandan to face trial over the country's 1994 genocide, judicial sources told the AFP news agency on Monday.

Sweden picks up speed in deporting minors
Sweden

Sweden picks up speed in deporting minors

Sweden has more than doubled its orders to deport underage asylum seekers in the past year.

Americans fall out of favour with Swiss banks
Switzerland

Americans fall out of favour with Swiss banks

Richard Bloomfield has spent three decades embracing the Swiss way of life. Married to a Swiss woman, the 63-year-old retired pastor speaks Swiss German fluently and admits he does many things “the Swiss way”. In the eyes of wary Swiss banks, however, he’s still very much an American.

The Local Europe’s April Fools (plus a pig fish)
France

The Local Europe’s April Fools (plus a pig fish)

Journalists across Europe enjoyed the annual April Fools Day tradition of trying to fool their readers with spoof stories and The Local network was obviously no different. From Thor's Hammer to Munich's lederhosen, here's a selection.

Spain’s singles hail springtime loving
Spain

Spain’s singles hail springtime loving

A new survey shows that nearly half of all Spanish singles believe spring is the perfect moment to fall in love.

Police catch and release serial web paedophile
Spain

Police catch and release serial web paedophile

A man who tried to sexually harass 300 girls over the internet by pretending to be a minor has been temporarily released from custody after police failed to present his computer hard drive in time.

Rich French set for hefty family allowance cuts
France

Rich French set for hefty family allowance cuts

France’s richest families are set to have their family allowances cut by as much as three quarters, as part of the latest austerity measure aimed at reducing the country’s whopping public deficit.

‘Job market integration won’t come for free’
Sweden

‘Job market integration won’t come for free’

If the government doesn't speed up its labour market reforms, Sweden risks losing out on the full potential of an entire generation of foreign-born workers, argues Swedish Confederation of Enterprise (Svenskt näringsliv) economist Li Jansson.

Jobless rate dips after Easter tourism push
Spain

Jobless rate dips after Easter tourism push

Spain registered a very slight drop in unemployment in March but there are still more than five million unemployed people in the country.

April Fools’ pranks across The Local Europe
Sweden

April Fools’ pranks across The Local Europe

With April Fool's Day now safely behind us and readers' guards lowered again, we've rounded up the jokes and pranks The Local pulled on our sites around Europe.

Money-losing BLS Cargo lays off 80 workers
Switzerland

Money-losing BLS Cargo lays off 80 workers

BLS Cargo, Switzerland’s largest private rail freight company, is laying off 70 to 80 employees after failing to reach a rate deal with German company DB Schenker Rail.

Keeper saves match with last-minute goal
Germany

Keeper saves match with last-minute goal

A German goalie saved the day for his club on Monday with a stunning header in the last few seconds of the match, prompting tears and hysterical celebrations by his teammates.

Xstrata and Glencore delay merger again
Switzerland

Xstrata and Glencore delay merger again

Swiss mining giant Xstrata and commodities trader Glencore are pushing back further the date to finalise their merger as they wait for approval from Chinese authorities.

Spain clocks up wettest March on record
Spain

Spain clocks up wettest March on record

Spain notched up its rainiest March on record last month and the high water levels of many of the country's rivers are continuing to cause problems around the country.

April Fools’ stories across The Local Europe
Germany

April Fools’ stories across The Local Europe

April Fools' Day, falling as it did this year on Easter Monday, led to all sorts of jokes about getting the kids to hunt for eggs that hadn't been hidden - across Europe, The Local network had people scratching their heads with spoof stories.

‘I came to Malmö in 1974 and I still haven’t left’
Sweden

‘I came to Malmö in 1974 and I still haven’t left’

In the first of a series profiling different communities in Malmö as the city prepares to host the Eurovision Song Contest, The Local's Patrick Reilly discovers how the city's Polish community feels about not being able to cheer on their compatriots.

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Switzerland

Police seek motorists who fled 50-car pileup

Police continue to investigate a 50-car pileup on the A-9 motorway in the canton of Vaud that injured 11 people over the weekend.

Bird traps hundreds in Cologne train overnight
Germany

Bird traps hundreds in Cologne train overnight

A bird is being blamed for trapping hundreds of passengers in a train for most of Monday night - stuck in a tunnel while en route from Frankfurt to Cologne.

French football clubs to pay 75 percent tax: PM
France

French football clubs to pay 75 percent tax: PM

France’s football clubs, including mega rich Paris St-Germain, will not be spared the burden of the proposed 75 percent tax, the French government confirmed on Tuesday.

Here ‘Ouigo’ – France launches low-cost trains
France

Here ‘Ouigo’ – France launches low-cost trains

The first journeys of SNCF’s new low-cost train service 'Ouigo' hit the ground running on Tuesday morning. The no-frills service, inspired by the budget airline model, offers tickets starting at just €10.

Swedbank to pull out of Russia and Ukraine
Sweden

Swedbank to pull out of Russia and Ukraine

Swedish bank Swedbank has announced plans to shutter operations in Russia and Ukraine as part of a strategy to focus on markets closer to home.

Lawyer slams ‘shameful’ care of ill ETA suspect
Spain

Lawyer slams ‘shameful’ care of ill ETA suspect

The lawyer for the late suspected leader of Basque separatist group ETA said on Monday she planned to lodge a complaint over his "shameful" hospital treatment in Paris ahead of his death at the weekend.

Politician snubs narco-friendship photo talk
Spain

Politician snubs narco-friendship photo talk

Alberto Nuñez Feijóo, an up-and-coming political star within Spain's ruling party, on Monday defended a series of photographs depicting him with a convicted criminal, saying he had no knowledge of his background.

Zlatan: Barcelona ‘the best team ever’
Sweden

Zlatan: Barcelona ‘the best team ever’

Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic hailed Barcelona as perhaps the "best team ever" as the Paris Saint-Germain star readies to take on his former club in a Champions League battle in Paris on Tuesday.

Builders’ strike averted after last-minute deal
Sweden

Builders’ strike averted after last-minute deal

A looming construction workers' strike that threatened to shut down work on dozens of major infrastructure projects across Sweden was narrowly averted on Monday night after unions agreed to a last-minute deal.

Europeans try their luck in Germany
Germany

Europeans try their luck in Germany

As the financial crisis in Europe continues to put pressure on job-seekers, thousands of Greeks, Spaniards and Portuguese are coming to Germany – to escape economic problems in their native countries.

‘An unpaid internship was like an investment’
Germany

‘An unpaid internship was like an investment’

In the latest instalment of My German Career, The Local spoke with Costa Rican architect Roberto Ovalle about mastering the language, and how German bureaucracy can be both a blessing and a hindrance in the building world.

‘Survivor’ doctor kills himself after accusations
France

‘Survivor’ doctor kills himself after accusations

The doctor for the French version of hit reality TV show "Survivor" killed himself in Cambodia on Monday, saying in a suicide note that the media had "sullied" his name after a contestant in his care died of a heart attack.

PSG confident of defying odds against Barcelona
France

PSG confident of defying odds against Barcelona

Paris Saint-Germain are confident they can upset the odds at the Parc des Princes here on Tuesday in their Champions League quarter-final first leg clash with red hot favourites Barcelona.